Dwarfish Dwarf"ish, a. Like a dwarf; below the common stature or size; very small; petty; as, a dwarfish animal, shrub. -- {Dwarf"ish*ly}, adv. -- {Dwarf"ish*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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